First-Time Homebuyers Savings Accounts Help Save for New Home

Posted on March 5, 2019

SALEM, Ore.—Potential homeowners can consider using an Oregon First-time Homebuyers Savings Account (FTHSA) to help save for a new home and possibly reduce their taxes.
In 2018, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 4007, which allows Oregon taxpayers to deduct up to $5,000 ($10,000 if filing jointly) per year from their taxable income for deposits and earnings in a FTHSA.

Eligible Oregon residents are those who haven’t purchased or owned a single-family home, either individually or jointly, in the three years prior to the date of their planned purchase of a home in Oregon. Accounts can be set up through any financial institution that offers FTHSAs in Oregon through December 31, 2026.

Funds in a FTHSA can be used for:

  • Down payments.
  • Closing costs.
  • Realtor fees.
  • Appraisal costs.
  • Loan origination fees.

A FTHSA may be opened anytime through December 31, 2026. Money deposited in the FTHSA must be used to buy a single-family home within 10 years of initially opening the account. If funds are not used to purchase a home, a five percent penalty may be imposed, and taxpayers will be required to add back to their income any amounts previously deducted.

For more information visit, www.oregon.gov/dor and search for “First-time Homebuyers Savings Account.”

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